By Danny Wright
ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop does not expect Tottenham to bow down to Ross Barkley’s wage demands after he was strongly linked with a move away from Everton in the summer.
Barkley, 23, is in the final year of his contract at Goodison Park and the Daily Star has reported that he was looking for a deal worth £150,000-a-week in order to sign for Spurs.
Former West Ham goalkeeper Hislop, who now works for ESPN, has blasted the Everton midfielder for his demands as he doesn’t even believe he would make it into Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team at Wembley should he move there.
“He’s got to step down from what was reportedly his wage demands in the summer,” said Hislop, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“He was widely touted to make a move in the summer but he wanted to be the highest paid midfield player on Spurs’ books. That’s not going to happen.
“I’m not absolutely certain (that he would start). I’ll put this down as a hit in that I think it happens. But he’s got to come down off his high horse a little bit to make this happen.”
Barkley has not played a single minute of football this season for Everton due to an injury.
It is likely that he could leave Goodison Park in January as his contract nears expiration and he came near to exiting in the summer when a move from Chelsea reportedly broke down as he underwent a medical.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is known to be a shrewd negotiator of contracts so it is unlikely that he would be willing to offer Barkley anywhere near his £150,000-a-week demands.
The Telegraph has recently reported that a potential deal worth £80,000-a-week is being readied for Dele Alli, but that would still leave him behind top earner Harry Kane who is understood to be on £100,000-a-week.
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